Privacy, Security and Competition in a Digital Economy

Privacy, Security and Competition in a Digital Economy

Conference | Free | English

Thursday, June 27th, 2019


Tel Aviv University - Senate Building(Jaglom Auditorium)


Over the past decades, technology companies have created immense economic value through advances in computing and communications, the Internet and mobile, connected devices and the Internet of Things. These innovations have revolutionized industry sectors ranging from telecoms and media to healthcare, finance, transportation and retail, generating unique benefits for individuals as well as for companies, governments and society at large. Yet with critics warning about the growth of tech companies to unprecedented size, policymakers have begun to consider the effect of new platforms and business models on competition, the economy, politics and speech. This debate enriches the already robust discussion about the implications of data-rich technologies for privacy and security. In this session, policymakers, industry leaders and academics discuss the effects of the digital economy on privacy, security and competition. They assess ways to regulate tech innovators to protect rights of individuals and new upstarts without sacrificing progress and economic growth.





Gathering & Registration


Welcome & Introduction

Limor Shmerling Magazanik , Managing Director , Israel Tech Policy Institute


Keynote Lectures

Helen Dixon , Commissioner , Data Protection Commission

Rohit Chopra , Federal Trade Commissioner


Privacy, Competition & Regulation of Data Markets Panel

Moderator - Omer Tene , Chief Knowledge Officer , International Association of Privacy Professionals ; Co-Founder , Israel Tech Policy Institute

Julie Brill , Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Privacy & Regulatory Affairs , Microsoft

Rohit Chopra , Federal Trade Commissioner

Michal Halperin , Director General , Israel Competition Authority

Dr. Tehila Shwartz Altshuler , Senior Fellow, Head of the Media Reform Program and Democracy in the Information Age Program , The Israel Democracy Institute

John S. Miller , Vice President & Senior Counsel , Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Once heralded as engines for innovation and for disruption of entrenched traditional industries, global tech leaders have become a target of intense scrutiny for regulators of competition and privacy in the US, EU and beyond. Business models premised on data flows that fuel mostly free services are now being scrutinized under data protection and competition law. Should privacy and data protection concerns drive analysis of markets and power under antitrust law? How does leveraging data for business growth and consumer services impact competition analysis? In this session, antitrust and privacy regulators, industry and civil society discuss the role for data protection in competition and paths for future regulation of the digital economy.


Coffee Break


AI, Open Data & Privacy - Keynote Lecture

Julie Brill , Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Privacy & Regulatory Affairs , Microsoft


AI, Open Data & Privacy Panel

Moderator - Jules Polonetsky , CEO , Future of Privacy Forum ; Co-Founder , Israel Tech Policy Institute

Adv. Gili Basman Reingold , Chief Legal Advisor , Israeli Privacy Protection Authority

Helen Dixon , Commissioner , Data Protection Commission

Shahar Bracha , Director of Strategy and Planning Division , Government ICT Authority

David A. Hoffman , Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer , Intel Corporation

Orly Friedman Marton , Head of Legal and Corporate Affaires , Microsoft

Driven by big data algorithms and machine learning analyses, artificial intelligence has matured over the past decade from science fiction to reality, being deployed in areas ranging from precision medicine to autonomous vehicles to cybersecurity and military applications. AI innovation depends on data collection, modeling and use, applying pressure on organizations in the public and private sectors to open data coffers for access to researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs. How can governments ensure responsible use of individuals’ data for the public good? How can organizations mitigate privacy concerns while not obstructing research and innovation? What is the right balance between compelling, sometimes competing interests for technological progress and individual rights? In this session, government, private sector and regulatory officials discuss AI, open data and privacy.

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